Trump tweets that he’s willing to shut down the government over immigration

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding

Donald Trump has given Republicans a fresh electoral headache by reiterating his threat to shut down the United States government if Congress fails to provide extra money for border security.

"I'll always leave room for negotiation", Trump said when asked whether he would insist on getting all his immigration proposals before government funding runs out at the end of September. Ron Johnson appeared Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation with a little pushback: "I certainly don't like playing shutdown politics", he says, per the Hill. Days later U.S. District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw ordered the administration to reunite the parents with their children, touching off a scramble to put the families back together within 30 days.

Trump also said he would be willing to meet with Iran's leaders "anytime they want, no preconditions".

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With President Donald Trump already under fire for taking thousands of migrant children from their detained parents - and botching the reunification of many - the request for the investigation elevated yet another issue to the administration's list of immigration headaches.

"The president made it very clear to the leadership that a fight was coming and he's done putting it off", the administration official said.

In March, Congress passed a bill with $1.6bn in border security funding, but most of it was to fix sections of an existing barrier along the US-Mexico border.

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"[President] Trump will want to have reassurance that Italy can stick to its promises", said Claudio Lavanga.

Democrats have been dead-set against funding the wall without legislation that would keep DACA - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Shelby said, "I'm hoping the idea of shutting down the government is not a serious thing and it goes away".

Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill on March that allocated $1.6 billion for the wall, but designated that the funds can't be used on new construction. He added that money for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when". The House is now in recess, returning after Labor Day. The Senate remains in session and is set to take a one-week break the week of August 6, then returning for the rest of the month.

The House in June rejected an immigration bill favored by conservative Republicans.

The senators want the inspectors general for the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to investigate the abuse allegations immediately and to release any previous investigations into the charges. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers, according to a GOP congressional aide who wasn't authorized to talk about private discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"We have laws that don't work", Trump said, praising ICE and border security agents for enforcing the law against criminal illegals.

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